This 2021 opens for us, certainly, in continuity with regard to the priorities that the Group is facing and the issues of environmental sustainability and energy transition underway. The responsibility of companies certainly also involves the evaluation and care in seeking to be neutral in the exercise of their activities with respect to our planet.
The guideline we have outlined will lead us to achieve neutrality in terms of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 2030.
It is precisely in times like these where the world is struggling with a pandemic that the value of protecting and safeguarding the environment must be even greater. Recent scientific studies have begun to hypothesize a connection between pollution and the greater or lesser resistance of different areas of the territory to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The green transition therefore seems to be an important element in the effort to make our societies more resilient and this transition can also be favored by the digital transition, which ensures ease of reprogramming and greater adaptability to changes due to crisis situations.
And it is precisely in a context of economic crisis such as the one we are currently facing, and which should push us to focus our recovery efforts on the productive and economic sectors where historically we are already in a position of strength, initiating revival processes based on new technologies, inspired by the two transitions and the principles of circular economy. What interventions could be started, for example by developing ideas from the plan for Digital Italy and the European Green New Deal?
The climate is changing. One of the most evident effects concerns the increase in the frequency and severity of extreme meteorological, hydrological or oceanographic events. This poses a significant risk to our country’s already fragile infrastructure, impacting the economy, operations, safety and competitiveness. However, a common, positive and proactive response can reduce these risks and create the conditions to face this challenge in a synergistic and technologically advanced way, through innovative monitoring, simulation and forecasting tools at the service of an effective and advanced management. In our sector, IVECO, Daimler Truck, OMV, Shell and Volvo Group have in fact announced their commitment to collaborate, with the aim of creating the conditions for mass deployment on the European market of hydrogen-powered trucks, considered a fundamental fuel for the complete decarbonisation of road transport. This joint project, welcomed very favourably by our Group, is called H2Accelerate. With a large-scale diffusion of heavy fuel cell vehicles, the creation of new industrial realities is also envisaged: hydrogen production plants, distribution systems, a widespread network of high-capacity filling stations for liquid and gaseous hydrogen as well as, obviously, a massive production of trucks powered by this type of total green fuel.
In order to achieve all these objectives, huge investments will have to be planned for the next five years and a common awareness of green and sustainability at all costs will have to develop.